MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA)


Program Description

The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA) is a two-year master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of subjects including conflict management and resolution, conflict transformation, humanitarianism, negotiation, mediation, state-building and reconstruction theories and practices from both regional and international perspectives.

In addition to the DI academic staff, students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of distinguished scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from the humanitarian world. Further, the course combines theory and practice in its structure, which includes a field trip, in-class lectures and seminars, and a substantive work placement.

These components produce an intense learning environment, which will ultimately enable the students to take that step from study to practice.


The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action seeks to provide outstanding graduates and professionals with the skills, knowledge and ethical frameworks required to developing a solid understanding of the sources, dynamics and intervention mechanisms available to help address the complex political, humanitarian and developmental challenges arising in the aftermath of conflict and natural disasters.

These include:

  • Developing the capacity to seek and absorb new knowledge even when it may seem at odds with the way response to conflict and humanitarian needs is done at the moment;
  • Exploring the specific added value culture, religion and tradition can bring to the overall improvement of the subject;
  • Utilizing analytical skills to understanding conflict and to design, manage and evaluate recovery and reconstruction policy;
  • Examining existing policy and spot gaps in humanitarian provision or methods of delivery using qualitative and quantitative problem-solving methodologies aimed at developing new progressive ideas;
  • Approaching their work with a genuine cross-disciplinary or cross-specialization collaborative attitude. The ability to forge strong partnerships with organizations across traditional boundaries (international, voluntary, private sector or knowledge institutions) that possess resources (knowledge, finance, political or social capital) that are integral to the production of good community outcomes (or public goods) is key for post-conflict success and requires effective communication skills.
  • Acting transparently, with integrity and within existing national and international legislative frameworks, while understanding and making use of the right political circumstances when they present themselves to innovate while upholding the highest international standards.
  • Leading within institutions and to spearhead reform when required.
  • Engaging effectively with citizens and victims of conflict on the ground – whether at the national or sub-national level – in order to tailor aid provision to communities' needs.
  • Acquiring and updating knowledge of new technologies that can spark innovations and support successful policy implementation.

Program Structure

The CMHA program consists of four semesters (14 weeks each) offered over a span of two years.

To successfully complete the program, a student is required to take 36 credit hours. Normally, courses are 3 credit hours each.

  1. Core Courses (21 credit hours)
  2. Electives (9 credit hours)
  3. Thesis (6 credit hours)

The primary teaching and research language in the DI is Arabic. However, to make the best use of the international opportunities offered by the CHS and its partners, candidates are required to have an excellent command of English. Students can choose to write their assignments and dissertations in either English or Arabic.

Career Destinations

Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain a "Master of Science in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action".

The CMHA program has a strong applied focus and is aimed at students wishing to explore new (or improve their) career prospects in the humanitarian sector in its broadest sense. Appropriate skills and knowledge within this sector will be developed through practical exposure to the challenges often faced by practitioners, as delivered through case studies, problem-solving and simulation exercises.

Students will also be introduced to the most recent theoretical debates upon best policy responses to humanitarian emergencies and will be required to maintain an active and up-to-date understanding of contemporary global politics. Furthermore, through the CHS network of partner organizations students will have access to a broad range of contacts in the field, which could play an important role in facilitating future career options.

Graduates of this program will acquire the necessary skills to move directly into career pathways at the local, regional or international level:

  • Doctoral studies
  • Academia and research
  • Project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Advocacy
  • Development and planning
  • International conflict
  • Reconstruction
  • Humanitarian relief and action
  • Diplomacy and politics
Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research, based in Doha, in the fields of social sciences, humanities, public administration and development e ... Read More

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research, based in Doha, in the fields of social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics. Programs of study are offered at the master’s degree level in its three schools: the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Public Administration and Development Economics and the School of Psychology and Social Work. The DI is also home to the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. Read less